During this Lent let us ask ourselves what God wants us to change and what he wants us to become in this Lenten season, not just to do it and then forget but to start a new way and to use positively the opportunity Jesus has won for us at such cost, the opportunity to make a fresh start in our lives and in our intimate relationship with him. There are cards at the back of the church detailing all Lenten, Holy Week and Easter services which will help you to plan ahead. Please take one for yourself and for anyone who you may think would like one.
CHILDREN’S MASS TODAY
The children of our Parish will lead the Mass today in the bidding prayers, collections, as welcomers and offertory. Please give them your support and encouragement.
SPONSORED EASTER EGG HUNT
Today at the back of church Damian Murphy will be handing out sponsorship forms for a very special children's Easter Egg Hunt which will take place in Shelly Garden after the 9.30am East morning mass - More details to follow - please sign up for this special and FUN event - all proceedes will be going to our Syrian Refugee project.
Lenten Talks will be held at the Cornerstone on each Friday of Lent up to 12th April. All talks start at 1.30pm and are available with a soup and roll lunch [donations welcome] Abbot Paul Stoneham of Belmont Abbey, the Lord Mayor of Cardiff as well as clergy and religious from the diocese will be on hand to lead our spiritual journey in Lent.
RESTORATION FUND COLLECTION
Today, and every third Sunday of the month, there will be a second collection for the Restoration Fund. Please give generously to support this much needed work to our beautiful Church. More pictures are at the back of Church
COMMUNITY HALL, BEDFORD STREET
Phase 2, the extension for an office and extra storage at the Community hall in Bedford Street has now been completed externally. There are more photographs at the back of Church.
FR TONY UPDATE
Fr Tony is pleased to say that the latest scan shows the tumour has not grown at all in six months and all that is recommended is a further scan in September. So Thank you all once again, for your prayerful support. As Rosmini said “ Adore, be silent, rejoice”.
There is a box in front of the pulpit where you can leave your offerings which will be allocated to the Syrian Refugee Fund
Red Boxes are due to be emptied this month and Parish Promoters make arrangements with Box Holders for this. Today magazines tell us how donation money is used around the world. In 2018 £2765.75 was raised in this parish just from Red Boxes. If you would like a box or have any queries, ring 029 20494003 and leave a message
Applications for Confirmation are invited from youngsters in Year 8 and above, using the forms available in the porch. Closing date for applications is 17th March, with the preparation programme starting in April. Archbishop George will confer the Sacrament at the 11.30 am Mass on Sunday, 7th July.
ST CUTHBERT’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL - DEPUTY HEAD REQUIRED
The Governors of St Cuthbert’s are seeking to appoint a committed, practising Catholic who will provide inspirational leadership as a wonderful new Deputy Head teacher in our school. Closing date for application: Midday Monday 18th March 2019 Applications must be made using the CES application form which is available from the CES website: www.cesew.org.uk. Completed forms to be returned to the school via post or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL MASS FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
I am pleased to inform you that this year's Mass for those living with Dementia will be at 12 noon on March 19th, in All Hallows to include the Sacrament of the Sick. Fr Allan Davies- Hale with be main celebrant.
ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE
In the Spirit of Jesus’ prayer in John’s Gospel, Chapter 17, “May they all be one”, an ecumenical afternoon of praise and thanksgiving will be held at Whitchurch Community Centre, Old Church Road, Cardiff, CF14 1AD on Saturday 23rd March from 2 - 4.30pm. Please join us.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY
This was last Friday (15th), although you may choose your own day in the coming week to eat simply and donate the money to CAFOD which you would have used on a larger meal. There will be a second collection next Sunday (24th March) and envelopes for your donations are at the back of church.
WALES & THE MARCHES CATHOLIC HISTORY SOCIETY
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 24th March at 3 pm in St. David’s Catholic Sixth Form College, Ty Gwyn Road, when Archbishop Barry Morgan will talking about “Gerald the Welshman”. All are welcome to this free event.
FEAST OF OSCAR ROMERO
Archbishop Romero was a tireless advocate of human rights and social justice. He was assassinated in 1980 for constantly denouncing poverty and oppression in El Salvador. The Justice and Peace Group will be here on Sunday 24th March giving out prayer cards in his memory after both Masses.
ST. PETER’S HALL EVENTS
Greek Night on 29th March - traditional music and food and a disco. Tickets £30. Call 2029 4425 for more information or to book.
ST. PETER’S HALL EVENTS
Mother’s Day Lunch on 31st March - fabulous 3 course Sunday lunch £17.95 (£8.50 for children under 12) book by email email@example.com or telephone as above.
ST PETER’S SOCIAL GROUP
Every Saturday Evening in the community Hall, Bedford Street, 6.30pm - 8pm. Come along to socialise, learn some Line Dancing or play Table Tennis. All Welcome
WALK WITH ME
This pocket-size booklet of prayers and reflections for Lent is now available in the church shop. It costs £1 and supports parish funds. The focus of this year’s Walk With Me is ‘Living a Holy Life’. Archbishop George Stack, Bishop Tom Burns and Bishop Peter Brignall have written a foreword to the booklet and recommend it as an aid to prayer. In the introduction we read, “During these Forty Days of Lent, Jesus invites us to ‘Walk With Me’. May the readings and prayers contained in this short booklet help us realise that He continues to accompany us on our journey towards Easter and beyond.”
Following this five-yearly inspection of our beautiful church, there are some essential building works to be completed within a specified time frame. We are appealing for your help in funding this work and a box is in front of the pulpit for your donations which can be given before or after Mass. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated.
If anyone would like to sponsor a particular part of the work (it could be large or small!), you can contact Fr. Saji. Gift aid donations would be especially welcome. There are some photos at the back of the church of the ongoing work at the Community Hall, the Church and the Presbytery. The leaks have been repaired on the right hand side of the church, timbers and loose slates replaced. The boiler has been repaired. The outside of the church near the pavement is being worked on, so please be careful of the scaffolding.
CYCLE OF PRAYER FOR THE PARISHES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE 
This week we are asked to pray for the Parish of Saint Joseph, Cathays, Rev Justus Okibo IC, Fr. Aji Alphonse IC, Bro Brian Butler IC, Rev Deacon Mark Howe; University Hospital of Wales [Chaplain Rev David Pritchard] and Saint Joseph’s Primary School.
NEW ROSMINIAN PROVINCIAL
As from 6th January, 2019, the Superior General of the Rosminian Order, Fr. Vito Nardin, has appointed Fr. Chris Fuse as Provincial Superior of the Province, Great Britain and New Zealand. Many of you will remember him from his time at St. Peter’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Alban’s. We wish him well.
If any of our Church groups are holding an event, we’d love to have a photo of it, together with a short descriptive note from you, to put in our future newsletters. Please leave it at the office or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are some photos at the back of the church of the ongoing work at the Community Hall, the Church and the Presbytery.
REFRESHMENTS AFTER MASS
Tea/Coffee & biscuits will ONLY be available for the next few weeks in St. David’s Chapel after 9.30 am Mass.
VESPERS AND BENEDICTION
There will not be Vespers and Benediction until further notice
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019
If your child is attending a non-Catholic school and in year 3 and wishes to make their First Holy Communion in 2019 please contact Fr Saji.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Prisoner of Conscience
In view of Nazanin’s declining health and lack of adequate medical treatment in prison, her family has again asked that people send her cards and messages of support. If you would like to do this, - from members of the Justice and Peace Group.
JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUP
We would like to thank all those people who contributed to last Sunday’s collection for Pax Christi, who took a prayer card and/or an address for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Your support is much appreciated
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT GIFT AIDING YOUR DONATIONS?
If you are a Tax Payer, the Government will add an additional 25% to the amount that you donate without any cost to you. This means that if you gave £1 a week to the church, the yearly total would be £52. The Income Tax reclaimed would be £13 so the real amount of your gift to the church would be £65 a year. Please give serious thought to joining this scheme as it will enable extra funds to be made available to St. Peter’s. .If you wish to join, please speak to Fr. Saji or contact Maria in the Presbytery office or email John Grimes at email@example.com
THE POPE’S MONTHLY PRAYER INTENTION
You may wish to know that the diocesan website has been updated to include a page dedicated to the Holy Father, with a list of his intentions for 2019 (https://rcadc.org/holy-father). There is a short video available centred around the monthly intentions (https://www.thepopevideo.org) which has been recorded by Pope Francis as a personal message to the viewer. There is also an app that links users around the world in prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, available from the Apple Store or Google Play, which can be accessed through the Click to Pray website (https://www.clicktopray.org)
FOOD BANK DONATIONS
Further to last week’s notice, please note that Cardiff Food Bank is presently prioritising rice pudding, jam, custard, tinned tomatoes and sponge puddings, but the needs of families helped by the SVP still include coffee, tea, sugar, rice, pasta, tinned fish , beans, tinned meat, chocolate. Of course any food donations are welcome - many thanks. There is a container in the porch.
FAITH AND LIGHT
Faith & Light is an international ecumenical Christian organisation for people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and friends. The Cardiff branch meets on a Sunday afternoon each month for friendship, sharing, festivities, celebration and prayer. If you would like to come to our next meeting do contact our Cardiff coordinator, Norbert Flynn, on 029 2075 7387 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org Be assured of a warm welcome!
NAZARETH HOUSE OPEN DAY
Since the 1870’s, Nazareth House has been at the heart of caring for those in need in Cardiff, but have you wondered what our role is, now we are in the twenty-first century? We have always cared for the elderly and this is now our primary role within the local community. A series of Open Mornings will be held over the coming months where the Sisters & members of staff will be available to discuss the services which we now offer.
Please join us following 10.00am Mass for tea, coffee & biscuits, on Wednesdays of alternate months. The first Open Morning is planned for 3rd April. You are very welcome to attend.
The retreat will be held at St. David’s Catholic College, Cardiff on Saturday 6th April 2019 (10:30am -15:00pm). “The Word of God is something alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12) During this Lenten Retreat we shall focus on how we listen to God. The retreat is free of charge and open to people of all faiths and no faith. Registration is at 10am with 10.30am
start. Lunch will be provided. To allow us to adequately organise the event and provide a meal for all people attending, please contact Christian Mahoney on 07764515864 or email email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
ST. PETER’S HALL EVENTS
Upcoming Bingo dates:- 7th April
CITY HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPEN DAY
All are welcome to our Volunteer Open Day on Friday 12th April 2019 from 10am to 12pm to find out more about us and how you can help us carry out essential work in the Cardiff community. To book your FREE place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02920 524150.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
By offering love and support to women and babies, 40 Days for Life have, through God’s Grace, saved the lives of over 15,000 babies from abortion in 56 countries, seen 99 abortion centres close and witnessed 186 abortion workers quit their jobs. Please come and pray with us outside Ladbrokes near the BPAS abortion centre at Elgin House, 106-107 St. Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DX. We are there 11am until 4pm every day until Sunday 14th April. Telephone 02920 512397 or Jelthomas@btinternet.com
Poster at back of Church.
ST. PETER’S HALL EVENTS
Easter Sunday Lunch on 21st April - booking details as above. Upcoming Bingo dates:- 4th March and 7th April, doors open 6.30 pm.
FORMING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES
Sherry Weddell is working with clergy and laity in June 2019 on approaches to evangelisation. A study group is planning to meet each Tuesday from 30th April at St Peter’s from 7pm. Sessions will run till early June. If you are planning to be involved in the Sherry Weddell Conference this will be an ideal preparation. Further details from Frank Callus [St Peter’s] at email@example.com
BE A DISCIPLE
On June 15th, a major meeting is to take place in Newport which is designed to examine the practical questions about our call to be Disciples of Our Lord. Discipleship is usually a process, a journey on which we pass through a number of stages:- Do we know anyone, or have we had an experience of an event or people linked with Christianity and which has created in us a sense of respect for that person or event? Does that respect find in us a certain curiosity about the belief behind that event or the person’s way of living? Does that curiosity lead to a thought that it would be interesting to find out more; am I open enough to ask questions? Does this process lead me to want to find out more about the divine Person behind it all? Do I begin to find this process leading me to seek answers to some of the questions increasingly arising regarding my own personal life and even to reassess the situation in the wider world? Does this journey now lead me to want to make a commitment to the Man, Jesus of Nazareth, and to follow His way of living - and dying? It is at this stage on our journey that we need a disciple, someone who can take us by the hand and lead us gently and step by step to discover the beauty and wonder of life in Jesus Christ. The one who has reached this point is a disciple and will want to try to share with others the Good News of life in Jesus Christ.
In a few weeks time, we hope to be able to make plans by which to prepare for the meeting on June 15th and to find out how to be disciples IN OUR PARISH!
FORMING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES (FID)
On June 15th, Sherry Weddell will be running a day of workshops for the Diocese, drawing on her extensive research into the ‘thresholds’ or ‘stages’ that people go through when becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. In preparation for her visit, FID groups are being set up. St. David’s Cathedral is running a reading and discussing group, beginning on Friday, 22nd February from 11 am to 12.15 pm in the Cornerstone. You are very welcome to any or all of these sessions. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE
Fully escorted pilgrimage on 3rd July, 2019 for four nights. Half board accommodation in Knock House Hotel, flights, transfers, all entertainment, excursions and guided tours included in the price of £649 pp. See poster For more details contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WELSH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
This year’s pilgrimage will be from September 16th - 23rd, flying from Bristol airport and staying at the Hotel Grace. Cost from £515. Book on 0800 689 4792 or to learn more, contact Philip Illsley at www.holyishisname.co.uk
PARKING - IMPORTANT NOTICE!!
Please be very careful where you park when you attend Church. In particular, do not block the entrance, or park in the lane leading to St. Peter’s Hall, as access is needed at all times and, last week, someone prevented this from happening. Thank you.
READING ROTAS for February & March are now ready for collection from the Sacristy.
MASS BOOKINGS FOR 2019
Next year's diary has now arrived. If you have particular dates on which you'd like to have a Mass celebrated, perhaps for an anniversary or any other intention, please call in at the presbytery during the week or just phone. Please note that we can't cope with multiple requests for booking on a Sunday morning.
We extend a warm welcome to all new students to Cardiff. Please make yourself known to one of the clergy or complete a registration and consent form which is at the back of the church. All the very best to you during your time here.
The sheets for are available today in the porch. If you know of any housebound parishioners who may like to join this campaign of daily prayer for the parish and for the world, just take a sheet to them. Please ensure that sick or frail parishioners know that Holy Communion can be brought to their homes by a priest or one of the Eucharistic ministers.
If you know of anyone who is lonely or isolated and would like a visit or support from the SVP please contact Peter Sullivan on 07906101015.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
Waiting to go into hospital? Do please let your parish priest know in plenty of time. He will be pleased to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with you or any pastoral support you need. The small team of parish priests who currently provide 24/7 emergency cover in the Cardiff hospitals are under a great deal of pressure, so unfortunately there is no guarantee that one will always be available at any particular time. On the same theme, if you know of any Catholic already in hospital who needs or might like a visit or sacramental support, please continue to leave details with the Cardiff & Vale Hospital Chaplaincy on 029 2074 3230.
MASS AT CARDIFF PRISON
There will be a Mass every Friday at 3pm in the prison chapel. If you are interested in learning further details please contact St Peter’s SVP on 07906101015.
THE CREED: A WINDOW ON THE WORLD"
Ambrose Walsh's new publication is now on sale for £9.99 at email@example.com or telephone 01582 571011.
A big thank you for the generous donation recently received from St. Peter's.
MESSAGE FROM FR. SAJI ABOUT PARISH GROUPS:-
“I am looking to get to know the various groups which are alive in our Parish community. If each of the group leaders would please confirm their parish group names, the main contact person and the contact number with the Parish Office it would be much appreciated. Please also mention how many times you meet up in the month, with place and times. The form to fill in is left with the Parish Office Manager. Thank you in anticipation.”
PLASNEWYDD FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Every Friday, 2- 4pm, at Plasnewydd Community Centre, Shakespeare Street, Roath; Tea, biscuits, Bingo, Raffle and chat. New members are most welcome; come along and join us.
GIFT AID DONORS
A big thank you to our donors. Please take your annual summary letter from the table in the porch. Gift Aid is simple to arrange if you're a UK tax payer - it increases our annual income by thousands of pounds at no extra cost to you. To sign up, please contact the parish office.
Open Mon - Thurs mornings and Sundays10.30 - 12.15 p. We have St Patrick’s Day cards & gifts in stock.
A Mass at Cardiff Prison takes place each Friday at 3 pm in their Chapel. For some years, parishioners from several Cardiff parishes have attended this Mass, which is organised by the Catholic Chaplain. Roman Catholic prisoners attend and are given the chance to worship with fellow Catholics. If you are interested in learning further details, please contact St. Peter’s SVP on 07906 101015.
This is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit. Phone 0161 941 3498, visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholic singles.org.uk CATHOLIC SINGLES
How many of you spend two minutes reading the Gospel of the Day? Two minutes!
Keep a small book of the Gospels. Carry it in your purse or handbag….. When you’re on the bus, or on the train, or
when you’re at home, open it and read for two minutes. Try it! You will see how it changes your life. Because you will encounter JESUS. You are encountering the WORD.
Please take your FREE copy today from the back of Church.
200 Club February Winners
No: 43. Frank and Ann Callus £50.00
No: 90. Shelagh Passey £30.00
No:164. Emma Williams £20.00
Parish Office Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday : 9.15 am-1.15 am